Are We 'Prefabricating' Real Estate's Future?


Sujith Vasudevan, Managing EditorElon Musk often fills social media with his actions and often tweets regularly. A couple of years ago, he hit the news for a reasonably personal reason when the news about his home went viral—a Prefab house. Prefabricated homes, also known as prefab homes, are constructed using prefabricated building materials. These building materials are prefabricated in an off-site facility.

They are then transported to the desired location, where they are assembled according to the plan and wish of the homeowner, reducing the construction prices impressively. Well, don’t kid yourself. The billionaire owned several real estate properties, but the event brought the spotlight on prefab homes.

Asia-Pacific is one of the fastest-growing prefab housing markets in the world. According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, the prefabricated housing market in the region is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 6 percent till 2027, driven by the demand for low to mid-rise residential buildings, project homes, and public housing, especially from China.

The affordable housing industry is one of the most important application areas for prefabricated buildings. In a city like Hong Kong, which is renewing a push to tackle the city’s chronic housing crisis by building ‘more decent’ homes for the below-poverty-line population in one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets, prefab homes could play a crucial role. The city envisions a $3.3 billion plan to build about 30,000 temporary apartments over the next five years. This acceleration and expansion of the affordable housing market will generate growing demand for prefabricated buildings.

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